That’s The Idea

Where do you get your ideas? I’ve heard that question asked of authors a great deal. I have only found a small number of authors who don’t answer with: “Uh… it just came to me”.

I recently found my original notes for Shadow Watch and I thought I’d share with you where the idea came from. Shadow Watch was my first foray into actually writing paranormal romance. Up until 2008 I had written science fiction and fantasy. However I had started reading the genre for a couple of years prior and found myself fascinated.

The idea began while I was re-watching an episode of Charmed. Specifically the episode titled “Dream Sorcerer” from Season one. The first victim shown had all her bones crushed as if she had fallen from a great height, yet there were no signs on the body and she was in a locked room on the ground floor.

The episode was notable for me because the ordinary police were investigating a crime which  was supernatural. According to my notes, later the same day I was watching Crime Scene Investigations and I wondered how the characters on this show would have investigated the waitress’ death.

My note became CSI meets Charmed. Which eventually became Shadow Watch-Book One of the Paranormal Shadow series.
Armed with these notes, which included a dead body, research on police procedures and homicide investigations, notes on the elements and their related aspects, I jumped into NaNoWriMo 2008 with trepidation. I came out of it with a first draft.


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Madalain Ackley is the author of the Paranormal Shadows series of novels including Watching Shadows. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, son and mildly psychotic cat. She has written in a number of genres including Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy and has been known to dabble in Fan-fiction.

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